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Ch 19: The Cardiovascular System - Middle School Life Science: Homeschool Curriculum

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The cardiovascular system unit of this Middle School Life Science Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about the parts of the cardiovascular system. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our Middle School Life Science Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about how the cardiovascular system functions. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the cardiovascular system. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn heart diseases, red blood cells, blood types, coronary arteries and anemia.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a life science curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a cardiovascular system unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Cardiovascular System Unit Objectives:

  • Review the basic functions and parts of the human circulatory system.
  • Get an overview of the parts of the heart and how blood flows.
  • Identify diseases and conditions of the heart, such as congestive heart failure.
  • Learn how the lymphatic system functions.
  • Discover the components and role of blood within the cardiovascular system.
  • Explore the importance of red blood cells.
  • Read about the various blood types and related topics like red blood cell antigens.

6 Lessons in Chapter 19: The Cardiovascular System - Middle School Life Science: Homeschool Curriculum
The Human Circulatory System: Parts and Functions

1. The Human Circulatory System: Parts and Functions

In this lesson, you will take a ride on the transportation system of the body called the circulatory system and its two parts: the pulmonary circuit and the systemic circuit. Take a look inside and see how every inch of your body receives the oxygen and nutrients it needs.

Anatomy of the Heart: Blood Flow and Parts

2. Anatomy of the Heart: Blood Flow and Parts

In this lesson, you will take a look inside the heart and identify the chambers and one-way valves that make up this vital organ. You will also follow along as we trace the flow of blood through the heart chambers.

Types of Heart Conditions and Diseases

3. Types of Heart Conditions and Diseases

Your heart muscle receives a rich blood supply from the coronary arteries. If the coronary arteries become blocked, it can result in coronary heart disease, angina, heart attack or congestive heart failure. Learn how these conditions get started.

Functions of the Lymphatic System

4. Functions of the Lymphatic System

In this lesson, you will learn about the lymphatic system and the vital role it plays in keeping the cardiovascular system working. You'll discover how the lymphatic system (with its lymphatic vessels and capillaries) quietly works in the background to return leaked fluids back to the blood.

Circulatory System IV: Red Blood Cells

5. Circulatory System IV: Red Blood Cells

Why don't mature red blood cells have nuclei or mitochondria, and how do these guys squeeze through capillaries? While learning about the brief but glorious lives of red blood cells, you'll also see which characteristics help them transport oxygen and carbon dioxide to other cells.

Blood Types: ABO System, Red Blood Cell Antigens & Blood Groups

6. Blood Types: ABO System, Red Blood Cell Antigens & Blood Groups

You are either blood type A, B, AB or O. But, did you know that your blood type is determined by microscopic antigens found on your red blood cells? In this lesson, you will learn about the different blood groups and why they do not mix.

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